Jordan Ratcliffe: Ashton Canal drained as police search for Moston man

Image source, GMP
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Jordan Ratcliffe was 16 when he disappeared - police issued a computer-generated image in 2015 of how he may have aged

Police searching for a man who has been missing for nearly nine years have drained a canal.

Jordan Ratcliffe, from Moston, was 16 years old when an aunt dropped him off in Tib Street in Manchester's Northern Quarter on 31 August 2008.

While there were reported sightings of him in Portsmouth in 2014, police have said there has been nothing since.

Officers are now searching the Ashton Canal on the outskirts of the city centre.

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Police drained Ashton Canal in Ancoats

A Greater Manchester Police (GMP) spokeswoman said: "There is a search currently ongoing in connection with a missing person investigation for Jordan Ratcliffe who was reported missing in 2008."

A section of the canal, flanked by flats, has been drained.

In 2015 a £20,000 reward was offered for help in finding him, while GMP also produced a computer-generated image of what Mr Ratcliffe may have looked like as a 23-year-old.

Officers also launched a fresh appeal for information on his 25th birthday last October.

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Police have blocked the pedestrian route along the canal

His aunt, Kimberley Pierce, had given Mr Ratcliffe a lift to the city centre on the day he vanished.

She said: "When I dropped Jordan off, not for one second did I believe it would be the last time I saw him."

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